Pope Francis in Fatima: a vigil for peace and conversion

Pope Francis led hundreds of thousands of pilgrim faithful in the recitation of the Holy Rosary on Friday evening in Fatima, Portugal, where the Holy Father is on pilgrimage to mark the 100thanniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to three shepherd children there. After the Rosary, the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, celebrated Mass for the faithful. Chris Altieri, who is in Fatima with Pope Francis, sent this report. ******************************************************************* The Pope and the pilgrims offered the Joyful Mysteries: the five decades were offered in different languages,…

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Pope’s prayer to the Blessed Virgin of Fatima

Pope Francis prayed on Friday in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima, entrusting himself, in union with his brothers and sisters, to Our Lady of Immaculate Heart. A golden rose was the personal gift he left at her feet. This is his prayer: The Holy Father: Hail Holy Queen, Blessed Virgin of Fatima, Lady of Immaculate Heart, our refuge and our way to God! As a pilgrim of the Light that comes to us from your hands, I give thanks to God the Father, who in every time…

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THE PERFECT STRANGE EXAMPLE!

No matter whom we were, are or will become tomorrow with relation to genuine success; we must always remember we couldn’t have been or will never be if God’s face is hidden from us. The greater we are, the more humble we should become. Humility is a scarce virtue in the world today where respective persons seek to assert the self before everyone else’s. The one at the service of the other is often despised as having no identity whereas the one who is served is often considered the the…

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Mom can’t bear to abort conjoined twins: baby girls born, then successfully separated

Considering the conjoined twins were born in China, notorious for a viciously coercive population control program, which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization, their survival and subsequent successful separation is a multiple miracle. Reporting for the Daily Mail, Tracy You tells us that the mother, identified only by the surname of Liu, learned her babies were joined at the liver when she was about five months pregnant. You gently puts the situation this way: Liu said “she and her husband decided to keep the twins and did not agree to an…

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Reading for Saturday, Fourth Week of Easter Year A. Feast: Our Lady of Fatima. Liturgical Colour: white/white 🔦First Reading : (Acts 13: 44-52) 🔦Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4) 🎙Gospel: ( John 14: 7-14)

First Reading : (Acts 13: 44-52) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4) Gospel: ( John 14: 7-14)   First Reading : (Acts 13: 44-52) But the next sabbath day, the whole city almost came together, to hear the word of God. And the Jews seeing the multitudes, were filled with envy, and contradicted those things which were said by Paul, blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas said boldly: To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but because you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life,…

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Pope Francis arrives in Portugal for Fatima trip

Pope Francis has arrived in Portugal where he is to visit the shrine at Fatima, one of the world’s most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites. Two Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter jets escorted the pope’s plane as it came in to land at the Monte Real Portuguese Air Force base, which lies amid pine forests a short distance from the rural town of Fatima. A guard of honor has lined up on the runway next to the plane. The pontiff’s first official event Friday is a brief private meeting with Portuguese…

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Huge police presence for pope’s Portugal trip

Portuguese authorities have mounted a huge security operation for Pope Francis’s visit to the shrine at Fatima, which is 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the capital Lisbon. Officials say around 3,000 police and other security personnel are involved. Before the pontiff’s scheduled arrival on Friday afternoon, Portugal restored mandatory identity checks and vehicle inspections at its borders for European Union citizens. Drones are banned over the shrine during the pontiff’s visit of just under 24 hours. Police have placed concrete blocks on roads leading into the shrine to prevent truck attacks.…

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Germany: Muslim converts to Christianity face violent attacks 

An Afghan woman who converted from Islam to Christianity was recently stabbed to death in Prien am Chiemsee, Bavaria. Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public broadcasting service, reported that Muslim refugees who convert to Christianity face intimidation in refugee shelters: Converts are made to hear Islamic prayers or verses from the Quran, played through mobile phones. Those not wearing headscarves or openly wearing crosses are subject to harsh accusations. Apart from insults and abuses, there are knife attacks, and every now and then, death threats. Representatives of church organizations helping refugees told…

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Archbishop Wang Chongyi dies at 97

On Thursday, April 20, His Exc. Mgr. Andrea Aniceto, Wang Chongyi, Archbishop Emeritus of Guiyang, Guizhou Province, died at the age of 97. He was one of the oldest Bishops in Mainland China. Archbishop Wang Chongyi was ordained to the priesthood in 1949, weeks after Mao Zedong assumed power in the world’s most populous nation. During the Cultural Revolution, the priest spent nine years in forced labor. He was ordained to the episcopate in 1988, serving as archbishop of Guiyang, a city of 4.3 million, until his retirement in 2015.…

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The 5 prayers revealed at Fatima that every Catholic should know

The apparition of an angel and Our Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century is one of the most famous miracles in the Catholic world. The children received many messages, mostly calling for personal conversion and prayer, as well as the words of 5 new prayers. The first prayer is one many Catholics are likely already familiar with, but the other 4 are not as well-known. Here are the 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima: 1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer “O my…

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